Tax free weekend begins Friday

Tax free weekend for general merchandise purchased in North Carolina will be August 2-4, and applies to the following items: Clothing, footwear, and school supplies under $100; Sports and recreation equipment under $50; Computers under $3,500; Computer equipment under $250.

The sales tax rate in North Carolina is 4.75 percent. Clothing accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, protective equipment, wallets, furniture, items used in a trade or business, and rentals are not covered by the exemption and will be subject to the applicable tax. For more information on tax free weekend, visit the  North Carolina Department of Revenue’s website.

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All ages enjoy clogging at Philadelphia Presbyterian

Mother and daughter Liisa (left) and Gracie (right) Pyke enjoy the class together.  Liisa has been tap dancing for years and says the steps are similar but have different names.  Daugter Gracie has been tap dancing since she was 5 years old.

Mother and daughter Liisa (left) and Gracie (right) Pyke enjoy the class together. Liisa has been tap dancing for years and says the steps are similar but have different names. Daugter Gracie has been tap dancing since she was 5 years old.

Terry and Sandy Zellers began clogging around 1994 in Nevada and truly enjoyed the dancing. When they decided to move to North Carolina to be closer to their children and grandchildren, they were expecting to have an easy time finding a place to continue the hobby they had come to love.

“Clogging is the state dance of North Carolina,” says Zellers  “We were sure there would be lots of opportunity, but there really wasn’t.”  Continue reading

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Young blacksmith apprentice keeps hope alive for craft

Cuinn McDermott (right) watches as blacksmith Mike McRae of Mint Hill demonstrates proper technique for stoking the fire for maximum effectiveness.  McRae readies a piece of steel for work on the anvil.

In medieval times, blacksmithing was considered part of the set of seven mechanical arts.  Today it is often referred to as the king of crafts.  The job of a blacksmith is not an easy one.  It’s hot, dirty, smoky, and physically demanding.

If you walk into the blacksmith shop at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village and you will see 15-year old Cuinn McDermott hammering and sweating over a glowing hot piece of steel.

“I was part of History’s Kids and we spent some time at the Schiele Museum where I watched a blacksmith at work,” says McDermott.  “I took an interest and started helping the blacksmith there.”  Continue reading

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Town allocates money to finish Korean War Veterans Memorial

The board agreed to finish the Korean War Veterans Memorial at its July meeting. The town allocated up to $70,000 from the Tourism Fund for the project. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

The board agreed to finish the Korean War Veterans Memorial at its July meeting. The town allocated up to $70,000 from the Tourism Fund for the project. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the allocation of up to $70,000 from the Tourism Fund Balance to meet the almost $52,000 shortfall facing the Korean War Veterans Memorial at the Town of Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting last Thursday.

Town Manager Brian Welch explained that the deficit came at no fault of the committee, led by Don Putnam and Bill Reid.  Some of the work and materials that had been promised as donation did not, because of the economy, become fully realized.

Welch expressed his gratitude for their efforts.   Continue reading

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Piedmont Natural Gas files for rate increase

If your home has gas utilities, there is strong possibility you will see an increase in your gas bill beginning January 1.  Piedmont Natural Gas is requesting a 9.3 percent overall increase in annual revenues.  News of the increase, and the reasons behind the request are outlined in a letter sent to all North Carolina customers last week. Continue reading

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Summer campers learn about newspapers

BRUMCThe Mint Hill Times visited Blair Road United Methodist Church’s summer camp Tuesday to talk about how a newspaper is made. The visit is part of the summer curriculum theme related to the businesses in the community. Each week BRUMC is featuring a different local Mint Hill company and inviting a representative from the company to come out and talk to the children about the their business.

 

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